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Sorry Megan

September 02, 2008  Author: Anthony Pacheco Category: Characterization, Plot, The Craft   3 Comments

No sooner than I started my post-draft outline then I found over 2000 words to cut. Many of the plot points to a minor character, Megan, had to go.

As a reader, I love novels with multiple plot points that explode from a single point and radiate outward, connecting infrequently if not at all until the last portion of the book where they intersect and fall back to a single point like some literary singularity.

As a writer, I try to uphold to that plot style while remaining as tight as I can to the main story. Megan’s story, while very interesting to me, seemed like I was enamored of Megan and was more interested in exploring just the person she was instead of providing her with a motivation that the reader could relate with and sympathize. Her story exploded outwards and kept on going, never to circle back. That was not good.

Deleting 2000 words from Megan did not hurt her one bit. In fact, she became more… mysterious. Why does it not bother her that her B&B is seemingly haunted? How is it possible that she is able to make these huge intuitive leaps to a conclusion, while the main character has to use logic and analysis to arrive at the same place? Why is the Catholic Priest so very interested in what she has to say?

Ah, the details and answers I leave for another time. They are interesting, but not as interesting as the rest of the story.

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3 comments on: Sorry Megan

  1. Ken Kiser September 3, 2008 at 11:29 am

    Funny, I had a character in FIFTHWIND also named Megan who almost got the axe too. She was a minor character but one that would create a story arc that would be important later on in the series. So she was spared the fate of may others. She lives. 🙂

  2. David September 9, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    I sense a prequel writing itself from your cuttings….

  3. Anthony September 9, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    I am not a big fan of prequels, but if I were to do a prequel, it would be set in 1932 at said bordello, where a young man is tragically dying of the flu, cared for by his only friends, the women who know more than most that life is fleeting…

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